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Aeon Flux 2415 Movie Review: A Relictual Love That Sets Humanity Free?

Updated: Sep 17

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Summary: It is 2415 and 400 years ago a virus kills 99% of the population and the survivors live in the city of Bregna which supposedly is perfect but is nothing more than a golden cage where things like disappearances, murders and a melancholic mental illness happen. The Monicans are the rebels who want to overthrow the Goodchild scientific dynasty and Aeon Flux is one of them. But it is difficult to say who are the bad and the good guys. In the end I give my opinion as a biologist.


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This movie is based on the MTV animated series created by Peter Chung that was released in 1995 and whose trailer I present below:



Aeon Flux 2415 Film

The film that is going to be reviewed here, it’s a story that takes place in 2415 in which some 400 years ago a virus kills 99% of the human population. A scientist, Trevor Goodchild develops a cure. Five million survive in a city called Bregna. The Goodchild built Bregna to give their population a future and the Reliquary to remind them of what they had survived. And they built walls to supposedly protect the Bregnans from the nature that is reclaiming the world.



There are people who disappear without a trace and some rebels try to overthrow the Goodchild regime that has forced the population to exchange freedom for supposed well-being inside a golden cage such as the city of Bregna. The rebels are called the Monicans and they communicate with their leader telepathically. By taking a capsule, their brain makes their mind go to a kind of white capitol where the leader assigns them their missions. Aeon Flux is one of them and in the first instance she is assigned the mission of damaging the regime's surveillance system because as long as the Goodchilds can see and identify the Monicans, they can neutralize them.


After that mission Aeon went to her sister's house for a dinner invitation to realize that Una Flux was apparently murdered for having spoken with Aeon about the problems that afflict that society.


In her second and final mission, Aeon is sent by the leader (handler) of the Monicanos to eliminate Trevor Goodchild. Together aided by another Monican, named Sithandra, they pass a deadly garden that surrounds the seat of government of the Goodchild regime, and Aeon manages to reach Trevor who is practicing a speech in a theater. When Trevor sees her approaching him pointing a gun at him, he says:

- Katherine, is it you?

And Aeon doesn't shoot him and she's imprisoned.


But the movie gets interesting when it is shown that it was Oren Goodchild, Trevor's brother, who gave the Monicans the necessary intelligence to assassinate the latter. Oren and the Monicans are secretly working together to eliminate Trevor.


Una Flux's widower still works for Trevor Goodchild and is confronted by Aeon. Claudius tells him that he is helping Trevor investigate what is going on. Why do people have dreams and weird memories of things they never experienced. The people of Bregna are, to say the least, mentally ill. And they are investigating the nature that surrounds the city to see if they find clues. Claudius tells Aeon that Trevor is trying to help because when the industrial disease was cured in 2011 another evil arose.


Aeon again has access to Trevor and he tells her that everything changed when he saw her. She wonders why she feels this way around him, and instead of killing him as was her mission, they end up making love. When the Governing Council of the Goodchild regime learns that Trevor slept with a Monican, he is accused, without being present, of a traitor and Oren Goodchild becomes president and his first order is to treat his brother as a criminal.


And the same goes for Aeon. Having become personally involved with Trevor Goodchild, she is considered a traitor by the Monican leader who telepathically gives the order to other rebel agents to kill Aeon and complete their mission, which is to kill Trevor.


Aeon manages to enter the reliquary, which is a kind of airship, where the database and genetic samples of all the inhabitants of Bregna is stored and the that Trevor uses in his research to cure the inhabitants of Bregna. There she learns that her sister has been assigned to another identity and goes to the address where this person lives. Later, Trevor goes to the reliquary and realizes that all the members of the experimental group to which Una belonged have been killed in police actions.


Aeon meets Trevor at the address where the recipient of Una's new identity resides to realize that she is a baby. Trevor explains that the cure for the industrial disease brought a side effect: sterility. So, to perpetrate the human species, they started cloning people. When a person dies his DNA is recycled and when the Keeper of the Reliquary finds an ideal mate, the woman in question is induced a chemical pregnancy and when she goes for a routine examination, an egg containing the DNA of the person who died is inserted. All the inhabitants of Bregna are clones and their information and genetic samples are kept in the Reliquary.


Trevor further explains to Aeon that they have been cloning themselves for more than seven generations and teaching their clone children everything necessary to continue the research that would solve human infertility. Cloning is supposedly a temporary solution. But Trevor explains to Aeon that her sister, Una Flux, had become naturally pregnant just like the other members of group 7B. Oren Goodchild, who had secretly ordered them to be killed, wanted to maintain the status quo and through his cloning perpetrate himself in power indefinitely.


So, Trevor allegedly betrayed his own government and Aeon the Monican rebellion by rediscovering the love they had for each other for 400 years. Can they survive? Will they be able to cure that melancholic illness suffered by the inhabitants of Bregna? Will they liberate what's left of humanity?


My opinions and conclusions: I liked the movie. It an action film and shows how the love of a couple could overcome all adversities. Common ingredients of many movies. As a biologist, I have to criticize it not separating the genetic from the cultural traits well enough. Although, as I am a center-right, I criticize the notion of the blank slate [1-3] that says that human beings come into the world as a blank board and that culture is solely responsible for our psychological traits, it must be recognized that a clone will not inherit the loves and other affections that are acquired throughout life. In other words, although we are not born blank, it cannot be said that the experiences and attachments acquired by a person during his life will be imprinted on the clone that is derived from him. Our DNA does not record our life experiences, as deep as they may be as true love, for seven generations over 400 years. These attachments are learned during life and, I repeat, they are not recorded in DNA. The inheritance of acquired characters was the mistake Lamarck fell into (¿and Darwin also? [4]). Although recently epigenetics is a field that says that, due to changes in the cellular environment, there can be heritable changes without changing the DNA [5]. In other words, it’s being discovered that there are heritable environmental changes. This includes the proclivity for certain diseases that can be influenced by the environment in which the parent lived. But this certainly does not include loves or attachments acquired during life. Unless in this movie other ways are being adduced of passing this information from generation to generation of clones such as the soul or spirit. But this is difficult to discuss from a scientific point of view.


It’s a good movie to see a Sunday without much to do. It touches on topics such as a virus that could end up with 99% of humanity which, although it will not become so lethal, takes relevancy now in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In this film they hypothesize that supposedly nature is reclaiming its place and threatens to destroy the city of Bregna. In the current reality it is the opposite, as we are invading wild habitats, we will acquire more and more dangerous viruses. We must control our reproduction because or else nature, who obviously has no conscience and speaking in the form of a fable, is going to become increasingly aggressive against us and the emergence of a virus that kills 99% of humanity, as is shown in this movie, it might not be so far-fetched if we continue to abuse our planet's biosphere as we are currently doing.


The other thing I found special about this movie is that it is difficult to separate the good from the bad. As in the Fifth Element movie and on a smaller scale, the love of a couple saves humanity. Except that in Aeon Flux things are not as simple, because the “bad guys” (the Goodchild regime) work secretly with the "good guys" (the Monicans) and it turns out that the good guys are just a couple that in the which both "betray" their respective sides.


The movie sound track author and producer is Graeme Revell, New Zealand film music composer (born Oct 23, 1955), who for Aoen Flux 2005 makes a very pleasant mix between electronic and semi-symphonic music. Or, written differently, it is an electronic-orchestral hybrid. And there's a nice melodic Middle Eastern vibe to part of the sound design. The first song on the Album (Bregna 2415) begins soft, follows this Arabicoid sounds and ends with percussion that blends well with the type of an action movie like Aeon Flux. Even when I'm not watching the movie, I like to hear this album. It’s enjoyable by its own.


There is a book (sequel) that was written in 2006 that similarly but more extensively tells the same story that is shown in the movie [6]:




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References:

1. Duque-Osorio JF. Crítica a la Tesis de la "Tabula Rasa" y a la Negación de la Naturaleza Humana: Una Opinión. Innovación y Ciencia (ACAC). 2014; 21(2): 14-20. Available in: http://bit.ly/1xTjZTq.


2. Pinker S. The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature. Penguin Publishing Group; 2003.


3. Pinker S. La Tabla Rasa: La Negación Moderna de la Naturaleza Humana. Paidos Iberica Ediciones SA; 2003.


4. Benítez-Cojulún LM. La epigenética: ¿el regreso de Lamarck? Ciencia, Tecnología y Salud -Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala. 2018; 5(2): 172-181. Available in: https://digi.usac.edu.gt/ojsrevistas/index.php/cytes/article/view/373/468. Accessed on 15-Sep-2020.


5. Bird A. Perceptions of epigenetics. Nature. 2007; 447(7143): 396-398. Available in: https://doi.org/10.1038/nature05913.


6. Kennedy M, Jackson D, Green T, Thomas MD. Aeon Flux. Dark Horse Books; 2006.

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